The Palace of Versailles, located in Versailles in the Yvelines, is one of the most beautiful achievements of French art in the 17th century. Classified for 30 years as a World Heritage Site, it was the main residence of the kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.
At first glance, this castle was intended to glorify the French monarchy. Initially built as a hunting lodge for King Louis XIII, this estate was the envy of the royal family as the royal court moved from Paris to Versailles. The hunting lodge was later transformed into a royal complex with richly decorated rooms, landscaped gardens and magnificent fountains.
For decades, the kings of France succeeded one another, allowing the transformation and embellishment of the estate. A reign that ended at the Revolution when the royal family was forced to return to Paris. Today,the castle is one of the most admired and visited sites in France. Each year, an estimated 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walk through its gardens (excluding sanitary conditions).
In addition to the sublime gardens which give to see not less than 2 300 pieces of water distributed on 63 154 m², 400 sculptures and 1400 fountains, the castle which is a work of art to him only, shelters thousands of remarkable works to be discovered. If you had to visit only one room, it would be without question the smoky Hall of Mirrors which has no less than 357 mirrors, including seventeen arches covered with mirrors that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens .
The Palace of Versailles is so large that you will need several days to visit it. In your discoveries, don't miss the Domaine du Trianon and the famous Hameau de la Reine. The Trianon Estate is adjacent to the Petit Parc and houses the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon palaces, the Queen's Hamlet and various ornamental gardens. Famous refuge of Marie Antoinette, the gardens and the Queen's House keep all the imprints .
To discover throughout the year and in the surroundings:
The Waldorf Astoria - Trianon Palace, a royal setting in the heart of the park of Versailles
Fancy a royal weekend in the countryside, just a stone's throw from Paris? Head for the Waldorf Astoria - Trianon Palace, which offers a real change of scenery on the edge of the park of the Château de Versailles. A truly relaxing experience to discover, especially if you were unable to go on vacation abroad due to the health crisis. [Read more]
The estate of Trianon and its gorgeous gardens
The Estate of Trianon is to be visited apart from the Palace. Set at two kilometers, it used to be a place of refuge for the kings who found rest and relaxation far from the Court. Designed by Louis XV, this estate becomes Marie-Antoinette’s fiefdom as she changes the place and creates a hamlet like a small village. [Read more]
Madame Du Barry’s Apartment at the Palace of Versailles has been renovated
Madame Du Barry’s Apartment is opening again in the heart of the Palace of Versailles, after 18 months of renovations. For the opening of King Louis XV exhibition – of whom she was the last favorite – rediscover these 350sqm through a dozen rooms decorated in a singular and sumptuous fashion. [Read more]
Petit Bouillon Versailles, the new affordable bouillon at 2 steps from the Château de Versailles is unveiled
A new bouillon (the first one in the city!) has just opened its doors a few steps from the Château de Versailles: Le Petit Bouillon Versailles! We went to discover it, we reveal you what waits for you in decoration and in the menu. [Read more]
We tested the fabulous tea time at the Airelles Château de Versailles - Le Grand Contrôle
It is in the enchanting and historical setting of Les Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Controle, the hotel located within the Château de Versailles, that we leave to discover the famous Marie-Antoinette's afternoon tea orchestrated by the talented pastry chef Aymeric Pinard. Come and slip into the skin of a queen and a king to live an enchanted interlude of the most gourmet. [Read more]
The Admirable Trees of the Domaine de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles unveils a new walk to discover the "Admirable Trees" of the Versailles estate. These trees are full of history and are the living heritage of the estate. By their size, their beauty or their anecdotes, these subjects are a mine of discoveries. [Read more]
Les Grandes Eaux Musicales du Château de Versailles 2023: a poetic stroll not to be missed
The Grandes Eaux Musicales and the Musical Gardens of the Château de Versailles return to embellish the basins and fountains of the garden for a new season. From April 1 to October 31, 2023, enjoy walks around the groves and fountains of the estate in a magical atmosphere worthy of Louis XIV. [Read more]
The Perfumer's Garden, the new garden of the Château de Versailles and the House of Francis Kurkdjian
On May 30, 2023, a new garden will open in the Parc de Versailles! Under the patronage of Francis Kurkdjian, "Le Jardin du Parfumeur" will envelop the Trianon estate in an elegant floral fragrance. Don't wait another minute, reserve your seats! [Read more]
6 Unesco World Heritage sites to discover in Paris and the Ile-de-France region
Do you know the Unesco World Heritage sites in the Paris region? We reveal 6 jewels to discover in Paris and the Paris region that are well worth the detour. [Read more]
Le Potager du Roi, a historic fruit and vegetable garden near the Château de Versailles
Head to Versailles to discover the Potager du Roi, a production and experimentation site open to the public, which once supplied the King's table at the Château! Here you can find local, natural fruit and vegetables in the open air. [Read more]
Le Grand Contrôle, the magical hotel at the Château de Versailles that goes back in time
In the heart of the Château de Versailles estate, we discover Le Grand Contrôle, a 5-star hotel offering a unique experience, transporting us back in time. Opening in spring 2020, this unique venue combines history, refinement and authenticity, offering spectacular views over the Orangerie parterre and privileged access to the Château. [Read more]
The new History Gallery at the Château de Versailles to celebrate 400 years - photos
The History Gallery at the Château de Versailles reopens its doors to celebrate the 400th anniversary of this emblematic monument. Free of charge from September 15 to 17, 2023 for the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days), then from September 21 with a ticket, discover a completely redesigned and refurbished gallery, retracing the history of the Château from its construction in 1623 by Louis XIII to the present day. More than 120 works from the Versailles collections, accompanied by a digital device, enable us to understand the creations, transformations and upheavals that have marked the Château. [Read more]
The Château de Versailles honors Noël Coypel in an exhibition at the Grand Trianon
You may know his works, but not his name... The Château de Versailles pays tribute to the painter Noël Coypel, with an exhibition to be discovered from September 26, 2023 to January 28, 2024 at the Grand Trianon. [Read more]
Exhibition Horace Vernet: the painter of the Empire honored at the Palace of Versailles
Great traveler, favorite of Napoleon I and King Louis-Philippe, the painter Horace Vernet has been admired as much as criticized. The Château de Versailles invites us to discover him in a major exhibition organized from November 14, 2023 to March 17, 2024. [Read more]
Château de Versailles
Billet Domaine de Trianon: €12
Billet Château: €18
Billet complet hors Grandes Eaux: €20
Billet complet avec Grandes Eaux: €27
The Château and the Trianon estate are open every day except Monday. The Château opens at 9 a.m.; the Trianon estate opens at noon.
The Park and Gardens are open every day. The Gardens are subject to a charge on the days of the Grand Eaux Musicales.